We had a pretty good day in school and got caught up on the few things that were left over from last week.
Religion - While I was trying to console and supervise the twins as well as start laundry, Chicklette and Racer did their religion worksheet about the Second Coming. We did our scripture memorization and still no one has won a chocolate chip. Racer's come close a couple times, but he puts in extra words or forgets phrases.
Math - Racer is working on converting fractions to decimals and back again. He's doing pretty well; he only had a couple mistakes today. Chicklette's math is focusing on multiplying by threes. By the end of this week, she will be done with Singapore Math 2A and be ready for 2B.
Spelling - Racer's spelling lesson was on writing numbers. We talked about ending the words with -ty, putting in hyphens between number words like twenty-one, and the difference between four and forty. Chicklette's lesson was on beginning and ending blends so she has words like plant, spend, and stand on her list.
Chicklette took the initiative to bring a book to me that she could practice reading. When I saw the words inside, I almost told her to put it back and get a different, easier book. But, I held my tongue and she actually did very well. By the middle of the book she was more interested in the pictures than the story and I had to remind her to keep reading, but it did give me time to diagram the sentences in my head. Racer and I have been doing so much lately that it was coming as a force of habit.
Road Trip USA - Our states today were North Dakota and Ohio. We will be making Buckeye candies tomorrow to celebrate Ohio. We got to look at some beautiful horse pictures since North Dakota's horse is the Nakota horse. We also reviewed our American history memory work and practiced all our songs.
Grammar - Racer's grammar lesson was on prepositional phrases used as adjectives. He's getting pretty good at diagramming them and I really find it interesting to see how they all diagram out. He's doing really well on memorizing "Learning to Read." It has 11 stanzas so I'm very impressed. It's funny to hear Turtle chime in on their poems and memory work. Chicklette's grammar lesson was a cumulative poem review. She knew the first three really well and the second two need some review work. The "Days of the Week" poem is a little hard since you have to keep all the attributes in order.
Writing with Ease - Chicklette caught up on last week's unfinished assignment. We had to read the story selection twice because she missed a lot of the review questions. By the time she finished her copywork, the babies had woken up from their nap so she and Racer moved on to their Prima Latina video. Racer's Writing with Ease was a narration from a story about the Declaration of Independence. It will be nice when he starts writing his own summaries.
6-Trait Writing - Because I know Racer's writing skills are not quite up to the standard that they should be for starting school next year, we started Evan Moor's Daily 6-Trait Writing. I'm hopeful that this will help him begin to write good, clear paragraphs. This week's focus is choosing a strong, clear, specific idea to write about. The worksheet was too easy for him, but I think the actual practice will challenge him. We talked about why an clear idea is important and that specific ideas are easier to write about.
Prima Latina - The kids watched this week's video and Chicklette got caught up on her page from last week that she didn't finish.
If you remember, Racer took the ITBS test about a week and a half ago and we got the scores back a couple days ago. If you are interested, he did very well and I was very pleased with his scores. It definitely put to rest any fears I had about him not performing well on a standardized test. There are areas to work on and improve in, but his overall score soothed any worries I had about him.